|The hoop house that is planted.|
The hoops were installed in early March. We had a warm winter, followed by a warm March. The warmth had caused me to plant things indoors earlier than I should. As a result, there were plenty of things to go into the hoops when they were installed. I reasoned that the warmth should continue and the hoops would protect the seedlings from harm. As we were putting the plastic on, I noticed 2 holes about 1 inch in diameter. Thinking to myself that they had to be patched, I promptly forgot all about them. A week later we had night temps dip into the low 20's.
I covered the seedlings under the hoops and all was well. It warmed up again, so the covers came off. After a surprise 2 nights of 22 degrees, I expected total devastation. The hoops did their job though. The exception being in the area near the 2 holes.
|Kale seedling rebounding from near death|
A few of the seedlings shriveled and died. They are showing signs of life again, so they'll be left in the beds.
The carrots I seeded with my seed tapes are finally coming up. It doesn't seem there is too much time to be saved with planting them earlier. They really do like the soil a bit warmer. Maybe I'll do beets or radishes early next year.
The tatsoi has been thriving under the hoops, as have the spinach and lettuce that were seeded.
|Spinach, cabbage, tatsoi and lettuce.|
So far, lessons learned. 1. Make sure all holes have been sealed up. 2. Have more patience when putting seedlings out in the hoops. 3. Seeding carrots early is not a huge time saver, and the space could be better utilized. 4. I love having the hoops and can't wait for the fall and winter to use them more thoroughly.